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Ideas@TheCentre

ideaas@TheCentre
Ideas@TheCentre
brings you ammunition for conversations around the table.
3 short articles from CIS researchers emailed every Friday on the issues of the week.

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Publications

  1. Sovereignty, Blame Games and Tony Abbott’s New Federalism

    Anne Twomey, Jeremy Sammut, Nick Greiner, Robert Carling | 28 Aug 2014 | Policy Forum

    This volume brings together the four presentations made to a Centre for Independent Studies public forum on reforming the... Read More...

  2. Complex Family Payments: What it Costs the Village to Raise a Child

    Trisha Jha | 06 Aug 2014 | Policy Monographs

    The report describes the family payments system (with a focus on family tax benefits and child care fee assistance) and analyses... Read More...

  3. Eight Housing Affordability Myths

    Stephen Kirchner | 10 Jul 2014 | Issue Analysis

    Australians are conflicted in their attitude to the long-run change in real house prices because they are both investors... Read More...

  4. Where Your Tax Dollars Go

    Robert Carling | 09 Jul 2014 | Special Publications

    Taxation is imposed through the coercive power of the state. Politicians often speak of “asking” taxpayers to pay more... Read More...

  5. Fairer Paid Parental Leave

    Matthew Taylor | 07 Jul 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    This report describes how an Income Contingent Loans (ICL) scheme could be used to provide wage replacement Paid Parental... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Comment: Superannuation and super-sized vested interests

    Matthew Taylor | 25 Sep 2014 | SBS

    The government’s move to freeze the Superannuation Guarantee rate is an excellent case study in how vested interests will ... Read More

  2. The ideological chasm of budget fairness

    Simon Cowan | 17 Sep 2014 | ABC The Drum

    There are growing differences between the left and right about budget fairness stemming from a deeper ideological divide ... Read More

  3. How to counterbalance China's swelling military power

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 09 Sep 2014 | Business Spectator

    At the peak of American power in the immediate post-Cold War period, then-US President George H.W. Bush declared the birth ... Read More

  4. Comment: Budget changes will ensure pensions keep their value

    Matthew Taylor | 05 Sep 2014 | SBS

    The claim that indexing pensions to price increases will erode their value over time is wrong.... Read More

  5. Where to find the silver lining when a AAA rating vanishes

    Robert Carling | 29 Aug 2014 | The Australian Financial Review

    News of a credit rating downgrade, such as that handed to Western Australia’s government by Moody’s this week, is a state ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. The truth about fact checkers

    Matthew Taylor | 26 Sep 2014

    While Fact Check has exposed some of the most egregious examples of misinformation with an appeal to official statistics, ...

  2. Subs project is sinking fast

    Simon Cowan | 19 Sep 2014

    Nothing to date about the process of acquiring Australia's next generation submarines should fill Australians with confidence ...

  3. Superannuation Guarantee delay will not leave workers worse off

    Matthew Taylor | 12 Sep 2014

    Speaking in parliament last week, the Leader of the Opposition asked the Prime Minister if he could 'confirm that for an ...

  4. Robin Hood is alive and well in Australia

    Robert Carling | 29 Aug 2014

    Critics of budget measures appear to believe that social benefits both individually and in aggregate should only ever go ...

  5. Making work, not the dole, the easier option

    Jeremy Sammut | 29 Aug 2014

    If we want to uphold the moral principle that those who can work should work, we cannot afford to make life on the dole the ...

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